1. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  2. Cody Simpson Talks 'Surfboard' at Radio Disney Music Awards: Watch

    April 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT “Three years ago I couldn’t write a song about a girl on my surfboard, I mean what does that mean?” said Cody Simpson with a laugh, talking to Billboard’s Keith Caulfield at the Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 26. Now the innuendo titles the Australian pop singer’s hit song,…

  3. Tom Petty, Fun., Max Martin Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 24, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Tom Petty did something at the ASCAP Pop Awards on April 23 that he rarely does on the concert stage -- he ad libbed. Songwriting, songwriters and artists, “is the job most people in the band don't want. It's long, lonely work -- you sit there waiting for magic," he told a full…

  4. Lykke Li's Wounded New Album: 'I Only Thought I Knew What Heartbreak Was Until This Record'

    April 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The Swedish pop singer explains why "I Never Learn" is about "walking away and fucking up." Lykke Li had to buy a bed when she was writing her devastating new album, "I Never Learn," in Los Angeles, and the purchase gave her crippling anxiety. She knew that she…

  5. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  6. SoMo Talks 'Ride' & Self-Titled Debut Album

    April 21, 2014 4:18 PM EDT Until two years ago, music was just a hobby for SoMo. Then he wrote his first original song. "I was having fun doing covers on YouTube," recalls the 26-year-old R&B singer. "But I realized I could express myself through my own words -- and people might listen." They…

  7. What was Coachella 2014’s Best Dance Music Moment? (Poll)

    April 21, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Once confined to smaller stages, dance music has occupied an increasingly growing footprint at the desert music festival. This year’s edition was no exception to this trend, as Coachella featured some of the most exciting dance artists in the game playing on marquee stages. COACHELLA 2014:…

  8. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  9. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  10. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  11. Play Ball: Pete Wentz & Mountain Goats Talk Chicago Cubs' 2014 Season

    April 08, 2014 4:00 PM EDT What would it be like if the Cubs won the World Series? Chi-town experts weigh in. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of their…

  12. Teen Top Talks Covering Cody Simpson, Wanting to Go Sexy at Debut NYC Show

    March 28, 2014 10:16 PM EDT "We're really thankful and really nervous" Nearly four years after their debut, K-pop sextet Teen Top finds itself at a peculiar moment in their career. With half their members no longer actual teens, their name is awkward and, despite being burgeoning young men, the outfit…

  13. Christian Rap Gains Traction, Chart Cred

    March 25, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Savvy marketing and a wholesome image are turning religious rappers into mainstream players "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The religious artist's passion was…

  14. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  15. Ellie Goulding Aches For Downtime: 'I Need To Sort My Life Out'

    March 21, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The electro-dance heroine (and closet bookworm) talks about being "pulled home" as she continues playing shows and collecting hits. "I need to sort my life out," says Ellie Goulding with a sigh, fiddling with her bright blonde hair as she talks. "And if I don'…

  16. Ryan Tedder Reveals the Stories Behind His Songs for Beyoncé, Adele, Ellie Goulding & More

    March 19, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story ,…

  17. Red Bull Guest House in Miami Announces Lineup: Skrillex, Giorgio Moroder and More

    March 19, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Artists have been revealed for Red Bull’s second installment of its Miami Beach hotel takeover during the weekend of Ultra Music Festival, March 27-30. As previously announced , labels like Skrillex’s OWSLA and Richie Hawtin’s M-nus Records have been tapped to curate a slate of artists for…

  18. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  19. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  20. Johnny Winter Sets New 'Roots' Album With Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper

    March 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry and Dr. John are among the guests on the second edition of classic blues covers coming from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. The follow-up to his 2011 album "Roots," Winter's manager…

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